Review Archive: August 2011

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

A new documentary ably explores the distinction between domestic terrorist and environmental activist
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My Brother's Keeper

Taut British crime thriller that brings together Jack Warner, George Cole and Bill Owen.
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Savage Streets

Mike Sutton takes a capsule look at Arrow's release of 1980s vigilante favourite Savage Streets
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Birdy the Mighty: Decode 1

Teen drama + alien threat from outer space = Earth faces an apocalypse.
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Fun at St. Fanny's

Schoolboy humour with Cardew 'The Cad' Robinson - and a young Ronnie Corbett.
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You Lucky People!

Tommy Trinder returns to the military lifestyle for the BFI's latest Adelphi rediscovery.
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Higanjima: Escape from Vampire Island

A slick and stylish adaptation of the Manga which, unfortunately, outstays its welcome....
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Kind Hearts and Coronets

Now back in cinemas, and available to buy on 5 September, a reissue of the masterly Ealing black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets.
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Black Butler: Collection 1

Jack the Ripper, demons and a killer hound feature in this Japanese Victorian gothic horror anime
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Wreckage

Aaron Paul and Scoot McNairy can't prevent yet another appalling DV horror.
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Ninjas vs Vampires

Hybrid cheapo made by mates. John tells you the truth...
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The Molly Dineen Collection: Volume One

One of Britain's finest documentary makers getting the DVD treatment she deserves.
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Schloss Vogelöd

Eureka release a respectfully authentic version of Murnau's silent film as part of their Masters of ...
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Erotibot

Cheapo softcore splatter from Japan.
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Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

The Exposure Cinema release of Fritz Lang's last American movie, a fascinating noir shaded with guilt, is reviewed
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Phaedra (MGM LE Collection)

Jules Dassin directs Melina Mercouri and Anthony Perkins in this Greek-set drama about a woman and her stepson
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Whisky Galore!

One of the best-loved Ealing comedies, reissued by Optimum to mark the studio's eightieth anniversary.
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The Garden of the Finzi Contini (Il giardino dei Finzi Contini)

Vittorio De Sica's wartime drama, an Oscar-winner as Best Foreign Language Film, comes to DVD from Arrow Academy.
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The Seekers

Colour, gloss and exoticism courtesy New Zealand and Pinewood Studios.
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The Strange World of Gurney Slade

Les takes a look at Anthony Newley's Strange World of Gurney Slade which is coming to DVD on August ...
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Strigoi

Romanian horror from the UK (sic).
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The Lavender Hill Mob: 60th Anniversary Edition

One of the best-loved Ealing comedies, given a new lick of paint and a reissue by Optimum for its diamond anniversary.
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Saturn Filme 1906 - 1910

Austrian erotica from the 1900s.
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They Were Sisters / Don't Ever Leave Me

Two discs from Odeon, two films from Arthur Crabtree.
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Doctor Who: The Sun Makers

The Fourth Doctor and Leela versus the Company on Pluto, in this satirical adventure from 1977.